July 2013
Queensland Sporting Hovercraft Club

Dear Air Cushion Vehicle enthusiast,
The Queensland branch of The Australian Hovercraft Federation held a planning meeting on Tuesday, 16th July 2013, in the Staff Room of the RC primary school, 350 Mortimer Road, Acacia Ridge.
This meeting was attended by:-

Cruise report - Goodna to Cribb Park - Sunday 7th July 2013.

The last club cruise was held on Sunday 7th July 2013, launching into the Brisbane River at the Goodna boat ramp and travelling up the Brisbane and Bremer rivers to Cribb Park, Ipswich.
Those attending the cruise with craft were:-

Angus & Lucas Kerr Viper powered by a Subaru 1800 EA81.
Neil Budworth Turbo 265 powered by Rotax.
Ben Woodhead Turbo Vortex powered by a Suzuki Swift engine.

Also attending the cruise were:-
Bill Toppin, Steven Odgaard and Rita Chaffey.

Neil Budworth turned up early to the Goodna boat ramp near the RSL. Bill Toppin turned up in his van followed by Ben Woodhead, Steven Odgaard and Rita Chaffey. Angus and Lucas Kerr arrived just after 9:00am. Ben was the first to launch but salt on his ignition coil caused a 1 hour delay in starting. We used a battery pack to boost Ben’s starter motor but it was Angus who found the electrical problem. With Ben under way in the Suzuki powered Vortex, Neil launched and followed in the Rotax powered Turbo 265. Angus and Lucas were very daring and hovered nose first down the narrow boat ramp, transitioning onto the water at high speed.

At the Moggill Ferry Angus and Neil stopped and waited for the vehicular barge to dock at the bank, but Ben afraid of wetting his exposed ignition wiring, tempted fate and kept going. Unfortunately he struck the cross river cables as they flicked up under the tension of a de-accelerating ferry. Ben was warned about this and was very lucky not to sustain torn skirt segments nor serious hull damage. Angus and Lucas couldn’t stop laughing, as Ben shamelessly recovered from the entanglement and then powered on as if nothing had happened. Ben has been modifying and improving mechanical obstructions near his fan intake duct to improve air flow efficiency and overall craft performance, but has not yet built an aerodynamic engine cover.

With the ferry safely docked, Angus & Lucas in the Viper and Neil in the Turbo 265 came back up to planning speed and quickly caught up to Ben in the Vortex.
The river had a lot of rubbish following heavy rain and islands of debris had to be negotiated at various points along the way.

At Barellan Point, the 3 craft turned left into Bremer River and continued through the Ipswich suburbs of Karalee, Tivoli and Moores Pocket until they arrived at their destination Cribb Park at North Ipswich. They parked on the side of the boat ramp and walked up the steep hill to the picnic spot where we enjoyed pikeletts, lamingtons and brewed coffee with the road crew; Bill Toppin, Steven Odgaard and Rita Chaffey. From a break in tradition of billy tea, we tried to brew coffee beans with a battery pack, but Bill Toppin was quick to point out that a power point was concealed in the rafters right above our heads at the picnic shelter. Next time we will bring a short extension lead.

After morning coffee, the 3 craft set off and continued upstream as far as they could navigate. At Sadliers Crossing the rocks became impassable and they turned around.
The road crew waved as the 3 craft passed by on their return and then hit the road again.

We all met up at Goodna boat ramp, with Ben Woodhead arriving first. Angus, Lucas and Neil took a long deviation and travelled up the Brisbane River to College’s Crossing. At the usual turn around point they were lucky to be able to slip underneath the cross river water pipes and kept going right up to Venus Pool and Mt Crosby Road.

They arrived back at Goodna 30 minutes after Ben and as Angus and Lucas lined up to power up the steep ramp, a curious fisherman standing on the concrete at the water’s edge had to be ushered off to safety by a quick acting club member. Some people still don’t realise that a hovercraft can leave the water and travel up a boat ramp at high speed.

We packed up and headed home at 3:00pm after a successful reconnaissance tour to prepare for Ben’s sponsored trip next month.

On Sunday 21st July 2013 Ben Woodhead and Neil Budworth went for a cruise at Jacobs Well.

On Sunday 11th August 2013 Ben Woodhead and Neil Budworth travelled to Moogoorah Dam for a picnic and a cruise on the lake with their ACVs.

News from North Queensland:-
Arthur and Judy Stead are currently travelling around Queensland and on the last report were spending some time at the Many Peaks Hotel about an hour south west of Gladstone.

In June Jack Hickmott sent photos of his Hoverstar LC at Proserpine in North Queensland which were displayed at the July branch meeting.

News from Victoria:-
Ken Osmond wishes to put Chris Fitzgerald up for nomination to receive an award for his long standing devotion to hovercraft manufacture and promotion both in Australia and North America were he now lives. Chris started a business in the early 1970s called Neoteric Hovercraft and Ken says it is now the oldest registered business in the world continuously producing light hovercraft.

Ken is busy writing up an accolade to support his nomination and would like to receive other motions of support from anyone who has known Chris Fitzgerald for many years.

Australian Hovercraft Federation News:-
Peter Streader has sent out an invitation to financial members of the AHF and it’s branches to self register on the forum at hovercraft.org.au
The web master for this forum is Paul Moody of Victoria supported by John Robertson of Scotland.

Australian National Rally:-
On the weekend of 28th & 29th of September 2013, the NSW Sporting Hovercraft Club will host the Australian National Rally at Wyangala Waters, about 3½ hours west of Sydney.
This should be a great rally so if you are thinking of coming, check the details from the link on the Home page of this site, book your accommodation early (its the middle of the busy school holiday period), and remember to register online.

For sale:-
Hovercraft and trailer for sale $4000
Turbo 225 Wedge
2 stroke 2 cylinder air cooled Robin EC44PM electric start by Fuji Heavy Industries 1982
Hull Epoxy Plywood composite 3.52 metres long x 1.98 metres wide
Segmented skirt
Integrated thrust / lift with variable splitter plate (Single engine - single fan)
Cushion height 230mm
4 rudders
Craft registered EJ833Q
Tilt trailer with fold down sides for easy craft loading. No longer registered.
7 pin trailer plug (small) Utilux type.
Operated from 1985 to 2011 in regular club cruises.
Contact Margaret Goss
Ph 33499743 Mansfield Queensland Australia.

Next club cruise:-
The next club cruise will be held on Sunday 25th August 2013 at Colmslie Reserve, Brisbane River.
Meet at 9:00am and launch from Colmslie Reserve at the picnic grounds near the hockey fields just upstream of the Sir Leo Hielscher bridges.

Ben Woodhead has raised approximately $50 each from 200 sponsors to raise much needed funding for the AEIOU foundation. He has also received several IPads to raffle off for prizes. All Ben needs to do now is complete his sponsored mission which is a trip from Ipswich to Brisbane in a bat mobile by river.
Ben’s bat mobile is a Turbo Vortex powered by a Suzuki Swift. The club cruise as suggested by Peter Venn will be a return trip from Colmslie to Cribb Park, North Ipwich. This will save on a large road party with trailers.

John Holt is turning 70 and Dale Baxter has agreed to take him for a quick thrill ride in the air boat under the Sir Leo Hielscher bridges before joining the club cruise on the 1 hour 15 minute river trip to Cribb Park. John was a manager from the Department of Transport until he retired and has recently held 2 years service as a club president. (BOSQ amateur club with 90 members).

UBD Reference - Map161 E2
Contact for the event is Steven Odgaard on 0400 798 404.

Next Queensland branch meeting:
The next club meeting will be on Tuesday 20th August 2013 at 7:30pm.
It will be held in the Staff Room at Our Lady of Fatima RC primary school, 350 Mortimer Road Acacia Ridge. Use the staff car park.

This will be an AGM to elect a new committee and state delegates for the year.

Anyone with an interest in air cushion vehicles is welcome to attend.
We discuss technical topics and plan cruises.

Thank you to President Peter Venn, Vice President Angus Kerr and Treasurer Phillip Audsley for running the show in 2012.
Thanks also to Bill Toppin for being AHF delegate with Angus and Steven.
Thanks to Arthur Stead for the webmaster work and to Peter and Elaine Venn for hosting many comfortable club cruise events from their private terrace.
Thanks to Russ and Emma Pullen for allowing the QSH club to continue using the bulletin board.
Thanks to Rita Chaffey for hosting the meetings at the primary school staff room.

Steven Odgaard
QSH secretary